Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego spoke with the media during a luncheon today and provided several interesting tidbits.
Speaking at a #Hornets media luncheon, James Borrego said Malik Monk has added 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason and is stronger.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) September 24, 2019
One of the big criticisms surrounding Malik Monk’s game has been his lack of strength. His narrow frame lets him get pushed around and he would frequently lose the ball in traffic. If Monk has in fact bulked up, that’ll help his game a lot. But twenty pounds is an unrealistic amount of muscle to add in just a few months. We’ll see how Monk looks when camp opens next week.
Players will be held accountable for their defense, Borrego said, in a way that will very directly affect minutes.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) September 24, 2019
The Hornets ranked 23rd in the league in defensive efficiency last season, so more accountability on that end of the floor is needed. With no playoff aspirations, it’ll be easier for Borrego to yank players that aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing.
Terry Rozier will probably play around 34 minutes a game, James Borrego said, which is a big leap from the 18 he averaged with the Celtics.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) September 24, 2019
Nothing surprising here. Rozier is arguably the best player on the Hornets roster right now, so he’ll see plenty of court time.
Borrego said he doesn’t know who will replace @KembaWalker as leading scorer, but considers Terry Rozier and Dwayne Bacon top candidates.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) September 24, 2019
Nothing surprising here either. Rozier and Bacon are the team’s most aggressive scorers, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either of them leading the team in scoring.
James Borrego also said #Hornets are in process of hiring an assistant coach who's responsibility will be to shuffle between the @greensboroswarm and here in Charlotte. Their main job will be working with two-way players or any others going back and forth.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) September 24, 2019
This is probably the most interesting piece of information gleaned. The team has talked about their intent to use the Swarm as a means of developing young players, and this is another step in maximizing that relationship. The role of this new head coach will make sure players playing for both the Hornets and Swarm are receiving consistent messages from both staffs. The Hornets are serious about this whole player development thing. It’s nice to see.